Sakharov Prize, COP21 and corporate taxes - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return to Strasbourg for a plenary sitting from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th December. The plenary is when Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and from all countries meet in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg to discuss and vote on legislation.
This is the forum where, following committee meetings in the preceding weeks, MEPs take part in the decision-making and express their standpoint to the European Commission and Council of the European Union.
Corporate taxes. Parliament will debate and approve its recommendations for legislation to improve corporate tax transparency, coordination and EU-wide tax policy convergence. If the Commission does not act on these recommendations, then it must explain why. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
COP21. The outcome of the international climate talks in Paris will be reviewed by MEPs, the Council Presidency and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete on Tuesday afternoon. A delegation of 15 MEPs from the Environment and Industry committees attended the conference during its final week. (Tuesday)
Sakharov Prize. Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger and author of the website Free Saudi Liberals is this year's laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Mr Badawi has been detained since 2012 on the charge of breaking Saudi technology laws and insulting religious figures. Mr Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, will receive the prize on his behalf at a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday at noon and hold a joint press conference with President Schulz immediately after the ceremony, at 12.30. A seminar for journalists with former Sakharov laureates takes place the same day at 9.00. (Wednesday)
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